To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils
Circular No IR.304/15
10th December 2015
Our Ref: BR2/0004
Reduction in the Working Week Guards/Commercial Guard – South West Trains
Further to my circular IR/240/15 dated 5th October 2015, I am writing to up-date you on the latest position.
As a result to the massive rejection by our members of SWT’s proposal to reduce the Guards hours, a meeting was held with our representatives, Senior Assistant General Secretary, Lead Officer and members of the General Grades Committee. At this meeting our representatives made it clear that our Guard members were unhappy with elements of the company’s proposals were seeking significant improvements.
However, since this meeting took place the DfT has issued its consultation document for the South Western Rail franchise. Within this consultation paper is a reference to the McNulty report and its emphasis on saving money – cost cutting - this will obviously have to be a consideration for the successful bidder. This will lead to a clear attack on our members throughout SWT including the role and responsibility of the Guard.
As a result the General Grades Committee has instructed me to:-
I will be placing any further developments back before the General Grades Committee and will be advising members involved of the position.
I would be obliged if you would bring the contents of this circular to the attention of members.